The Tom Tailor I team of Caesar Crasemann, Gaston Maiquez, Daniel Crasemann (who took the place of injured Uwe Schröder) and Dutchman Aki van Andel had already played a great game on Friday. Then on Saturday, the team managed to win their game against team Meissler 6-4,5, ensuring them a place in Sunday’s final. Team Meissler, consisting of Jo Schneider, Moritz Gädeke, the Argentinean Tatu Gomez Romero and Sven Schneider started their game with a ½ goal lead. After two quick goals from Gaston Maiquez in the first chukka and some good plays from Caesar Crasemann, the Tom Tailor team were able to increase their lead to 5-2,5 in the fourth chukka. The ‘flying Dutchman’ Aki van Andel also made a strong contribution to the team’s efforts and was instrumental in the 6-4,5 result. Only on Friday was Aki van Andel’s handicap raised to +3 by the Midseason Handicap Commission. It is also anticipated that the superb up and coming Caesar Crasemann will have his handicap raised to +2 by the end of the year. The Berenberg Polo-Derby managed to win themselves an excellent professional umpire in the form of Marc Holmes from England, who has umpired matches including the Gold Cup at Cowdray.
The second match of the day saw the second Tom Tailor team also secure their place in Sunday’s final. Tahnee and Naomi Schröder (goal threatening and on top form) together with Cristobal Durrieu and Santos Anca managed to win their game against Sebastian Schneberger, Christian Badenhop, Micky Duggan and Christopher Kirsch of team Berenberg by just half a goal. An exciting and closely fought game with many chances at goal and quick plays really gripped the public’s attention. Polo in Germany has undoubtedly reached a new level, which is clearly visible. And the next generation of players is definitely contributing to this. A very closely contested game, with both teams really fighting up until the very last minute of the fourth chukka. Just after Micky Duggan scored a goal, Cristobal Durrieu managed to ensure Tom Tailor’s place in the final with a score of 8-7,5.
Lanson and Porsche Hamburg faced each other in the third game. Team Porsche Hamburg with Christian Grimme, Niffy Winter, Adrian Laplacette and Oliver Winter started their game very well and won convincingly with a result of 10-4,5 against Matthias Grau, Lukas Sdrenka, Heinrich Dumrath and Thomas Winter of team Lanson. That everything is possible in Polo was plain to see in the final game of the day, where El Polista played against Rumöller/Suberba. After a lead of 7-1 to El Polista, Rumöller managed to catch up a little to 8-4 at the beginning of the last Chukka. Estelle Wagner, José Alberto Ricomini, Patrick Maleitzke and Marcos Riglos of team Rumöller would then have to try to score 5 goals to secure a win. El Polista with Federico Heinemann, Agustin Kronhaus, Hugo Iturraspe and Thomas Selkirk just managed to stay ahead by increasing their lead in the last few minutes of the game to 9-5. Patrick Maleitzke ended the game with a final score of 9-6. A day filled with exciting Polo with great expectations for a gripping final on Sunday.
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